My wonderful boy and myself live and paint on my boat in my boat studio. He is such a gem.

This photo is compliments of photographer Pauline Lessard who also has provided me with the photos for the piece. “Winter Solitude at the Docks”

He keeps me filled with love and happiness as well as artistic inspiration. I have never had an animal that I am so close to,and i have been very close to all of my pets in my life. I always had two while I was employed so that when I had to travel or go away for the day they had each other to play with. I built a very large house for us all at the time.

Kibo spent  much of last year in the hospitals and nursing homes while I battled my cancer surgery and infection complications and is now battling for me again as it has returned and we are trying to destroy the demon of cancer.

I am astonished at how many of my very close friends are also survivors. It is their friendship and understanding that fills me with hope but it is my Kibo who has kept me alive. There were times when I may have given up last year if it had not been for his caring love looking me in the eyes. I could not leave him so I fought harder. A dog is the only animal that will love you more than it loves itself. I share that back with him.

I do love living on my boat with him and he is my service dog. We are never apart. He is highly trained and has an extensive vocabulary. Trained both for disabled vets as well as four semesters at Community College of RI as  pet assisted therapy. I have been painting since the early 1960’s and now paint full time.

As my life has taken a turn for retirement, disability from agent orange and illness the simplicity of life now has been a blessing. Kibo works hard for me and it paid back big time with love, personally cooked meals and daily exercise playing with all of his special friends at the dog park. He absolutely loves the dog park and visits with our friends who have dogs. He is quite a social butterfly and my constant muse to create my art.